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23.11.2007 Sports News

Baffour Not Out Yet, After Injury

Black Stars returnee striker, Baffour Gyan, stands a good chance of returning to the squad, despite an injury he picked in the game against the Squirrels of Benin last Wednesday.

The player was expected to undergo clinical diagnosis yesterday to confirm a suspicion of raptured left quadriceps.

According to Black Stars' team doctor, Dr Martin Engmann, a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) test would help establish the degree of injury — whether it is a partial or full tear.

He said if it turns out to be a partial tear, it would take a minimum time of six weeks for the injury to heal. However, he risks missing next January's MTN Africa Cup of Nations tournament if the injury turns out to be worse than it was originally feared.

Dr Engman observed that the process would involve the player having enough rest and going into rehabilitation to facilitate his recovery.

This will be followed by an observation period towards his return to match fitness. Gyan picked the injury following a typical striker's sprint into the Beninois vital area amid a hectic challenge by an opponent.

This was at a time when the Squirrels had stunned Ghanaians by taking a two-nil lead. When he tumbled over, the general belief was that he would be on his feet the next moment, but that was not to be.

The gravity of the injury only dawned on Ghanaians when the player was stretchered off with agony written all over his face.

It was an anti-climax to the heroic return of a player who had clawed his way back into the Black Stars after a two-year absence.

Gyan fetched the first goal in the Stars' 2-0 win over The Hawks of Togo in the second game of the Zenith Four-Nation International tournament.

By his performance in the match against Togo, and up to the time he got injured in the game against Benin, Baffour had convinced many Ghanaians that he was well placed for consideration by Coach Claude Le Roy from his striking options consisting of his younger brother, Asamoah, Junior Agogo, Matthew Amoah and Sadat Bukari.

Story by Ackah Anthony